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I express milk every day but going on holiday I needed a pump which was small, easy to clean and most importantly quick at expressing. I chose this one for holidaying because of the small size mainly but when I tried it out just before going, it was the short time it took me to pump a bottle which made up my mind. It is also compatible with all regular sized bottles so I could take the bottles from another pump I have and that way would have ample bottles if needed. The Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump (£25.48) was my pump of choice for the break and I’m not disappointed in it in the slightest!
As you can see from the picture above there are no fiddly bits and no pieces so small that they’d get lost down the sink. A plus for any pump but especially good for travelling I found.
The whole pump, bottles included, fit inside a freezer bag which I packed in my case. It is really sturdy and the bottles are quite soft so I wasn’t worried about the plastic breaking on the way and felt no need to wrap it up delicately. I used the pump daily and made a bottle every morning for Jimmy to have in the evening before we left the villa for supper; I just left the bottle in the fridge and heated it up when we needed it. The fridge we had on holiday was a normal sized one so no problems but even if it had been a smaller one with low height to the shelves I think this pump would have fitted in completely assembled because it’s very small and neat.
As you can see, the bottles are really slim and because the screw part is standard sized it means it is interchangeable with lots of other brands!
Now I have a slight confession to make, when packing I somehow managed to leave out the flange (the soft silicon part that goes over the funnel and rests on the nipple surround). I used it at home with the flange connected and it was slightly more comfortable but I used it all holiday obviously without and it did the job just as well! I was really panicked that I’d forgotten something because with other pumps I have used they just haven’t worked unless every component is in the exact right place; it was with a sigh of relief that it was not so with this one! I have a fast let down and lots of milk anyway but by taking only around 5-10 minutes to fill the bottle (5fl oz) I found that much quicker than I’m often used to! The bit I liked most was that once you’ve pumped for a bit you can just hold the handle down and it keeps the flow of milk coming and pouring into the bottle with no effort at all. There was little spillage too which is great, often I spend ages pumping and then half of it ends up on the spout so as soon as I draw away it falls on my lap. I loved the angle of this one, I could sit back and relax; the neck is really long so milk can keep coming out for ages before it is in danger of reaching my skin and being so full in the neck that it over flows and it’s easy to clean (especially with the bottle brush that it comes with)! I would say that even without the flange this pump is very comfortable and there’s absolutely no feeling of being pulled and squeezed which some pumps give. I don’t actually mind that but I know some people do and it would make this pump ideal for them. It has a handy stand which doubles as a cover for the funnel and all in all I can’t fault it! Great manual pump wich is fast working and easy to put together, can’t ask for more than that now can you!
(All opinions and words, apart from those in green, are my own. I have not been paid for this article although I did receive some products to keep after I had reviewed them.)